"Have you ever read a record review and thought, "That writer's bonkers! It's like they haven't even listened to the album!"? (Surely, this has never, ever happened while reading Pitchfork. Ever.) The Fiery Furnaces are taking that idea one step further.
On Monday, the band posted a MySpace blog post titled "DESCRIBE THE NEW FIERY FURNACES' ALBUM--WITHOUT HAVING HEARD IT!" that read, "Wouldn't it be interesting to see how Fiery Furnaces' fans would describe the new Fiery Furnaces' album--without having heard it?" They then asked fans to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with what they think I'm Going Away (due out July 21 on Thrill Jockey) sounds like, based on nothing more than song titles and imagination. They've named these musings "Deaf Descriptions."
Yesterday, another Myspace blog post announced that the Fiery Furnaces intend to record "a 'complete' fan-made, word-only, entirely-unrelated, alternate version of I'm Going Away" based entirely on these Deaf Descriptions. This album, which is totally separate from I'm Going Away, "could be called Exclusively-Acolyte, Altered-Otherwise, Hypo-Audio, I'm Going Away," will also be released July 21 on Thrill Jockey.
So, to recap: The Fiery Furnaces want you to email them what you think the new Fiery Furnaces album is going to sound like. In the process, you yourself will actually be writing an even newer Fiery Furnaces album. And both albums will be released on the same day.
Oh you crazy kids."